Despite the fact that North America is widely known for its passion for rather large cars when compared to the rest of the world, the recent increase in gas prices, coupled with the economic downturn, altered the mindset of the average car owner. Sleek, smaller, and nimbler cars have become a popular trend.
While it may seem a bit silly that refined sports cars are suddenly being outdone by the Honda Fit, it actually makes sense to those who have checked out the car. In 2008, the Honda Fit remained the same as the previous model to allow increased availability. The 2008 Honda Fit's drivability is definitely one of the best in the class with more widespread power and increased handling. The interior cabin is outfitted with some rather nifty features which allow it to be more comfortable for all passengers, even tall adults.
Body Styles: Compact hatchback sedan
Engines: 1.5-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Fit, Fit Sport
Since so many people desire compact cars that answer to the rise in gas prices and compact parking spots around busy urban areas, the Honda Fit has risen to the challenge. The car originally made its debut in the 2007. Since it is such a new design, the 2008 Honda Fit sees no alterations. The Honda Fit's 2008 release is positioned to increase awareness amongst the average-driver market.
The sleek and smooth 2008 Honda Fit appearance matches wonderfully with its overall drivability. The look itself is nimble and sharp with a very stylish, swept-back exterior design. The car’s curves seem to flow easily into each other, beginning with the slim but still high-reaching headlights along the face. While a four-door hatchback might seem to be old-fashioned or tacky to some drivers, the 2008 Honda Fit is able to find a way to look very trendy and highly functional. If a bit of flair is needed for a personal car choice, the Sport trim package includes a stylish rear spoiler and flared-out bottom panels to enhance the racing attributes that are already innate in the Fit.
Even though the majority of car manufacturers focus interior designs on sheer style, the 2008 Honda Fit chose to go the way of utility. The control layout is very easy to use and the materials are of high quality with a design that is still relatively fresh. The innovative rear seat and cargo area are probably the best aspects of the car. The rear seat can fold completely down to match the load floor, providing 41.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The 60/40-split rear seat can fold up to allow for additional storage space. The back is also spacious for passengers since it provides as much room as the much larger Honda Civic.
Performance & Handling
The stylish, four-door hatchback Honda Fit is powered by the same 1.5-liter, four-cylinder engine as the previous model and produces109 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. This power is controlled by a five-speed manual transmission standard on the base model while the five-speed automatic is optional. All 2008 Honda Fit models are front-wheel drive. On the 2008 Sport trim, the automatic transmission actually comes with a manual shift control that makes use of steering-wheel-mounted paddles.
Since Honda always emphasizes safety, the 2008 Honda Fit has plenty available features. All models come standard with ventilated front disc brakes and rear drums with the inclusion of an anti-lock brake system. Also, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags come as part of the standard package on all trim levels. The car scored a perfect five-star rating in government crash tests for the protection of front passengers in both frontal and side impacts. However, it did only score three stars for rear passengers in side impact crashes.
EPA Fuel Economy
Fit Manual Transmission: 28/34 mpg city/highway
Fit Automatic Transmission: 27/34 mpg city/highway
- Nimble handling
- Outstanding fuel economy
- Generous standard features
You Won't Like
- Awkward driving position
- Higher than average price
- Buzzy noise at high speeds
Nearly flawless blend of high fuel economy and smooth handling.
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